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THE BEST HANUKKAH EVER by Barbara Diamond Goldin


by Barbara Diamond Goldin & illustrated by Avi Katz

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5355-0
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Like the fools of Chelm, the Knoodle family can be a bunch of numbskulls when it comes to giving Hanukkah gifts that “will be treasured forever.” Choosing names from a hat, each family member returns with a gift that is precious to the giver rather than the receiver. Bubby Sadie gives Little Yekl a pickle barrel and Mama Pearl buys Papa Jack a straw hat decorated with purple ribbon and yellow daisies. Hippie-styled, ponytailed Papa Jack gives nonmusical Mama Pearl a sparkly red guitar. Daughter Shayna gives her thinly haired Bubby Sadie a curling iron. And Little Yekl presents his sister with a box full of live tree frogs. Oy vey! Such a commotion of confusion and distress! What to do? Call the rabbi for some advice and then re-exchange all the gifts. Happy to finally have what they each treasure most, the Knoodles enjoy the best Hanukkah ever. The colorful expressive caricature illustrations done in digital media provide an ethnic flavor to this loving family, enhancing the contemporary noodlehead premise which should have readers young and old shaking their heads in mild amusement. (Picture book. 4-8)